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OAK PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Oak Park and West Side ministers and community activists joined forces to announce a reward for the arrest and conviction of Jailyn Logan-Bledsoe's killers...

The 18-year-old recent Oak Park River Forest High School graduate was shot to death during a carjacking last week at this Oak Park BP gas station.

Police said they responded to reports of shots fired at a gas station located at 100 Chicago Ave. overnight Wednesday, and found Logan Bledsoe, who had been shot in the head. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Police said witnesses told them two men approached the woman shortly before 2 a.m., shot her from behind and then took some of her belongings. They then fled in the victim's dark-colored Chrysler.

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"This really touched me. I'm like, I can't believe it happened, I don't understand how it can happen," said Deborah Williams-Thurmond, with the West Side NAACP.

Williams-Thurmond was Logan-Bledsoe's youth advisor at the West Side NAACP, where the teen had grown up going to meetings with her parents and grandparents.

Most recently, Williams-Thurmond says Logan-Bledsoe led the organization's call center for the 2020 Census.

"She taught everybody how to use the phone, taught everybody how to put the data back into the system, so I'm thinking she is going to grow up and be a real jewel for our community," Williams-Thurmond said.

Logan-Bledsoe had planned to attend Howard University in the fall.

But now, as the police investigation continues, activists urge her killer to come forward.

"You, who pulled the trigger, if there is any measure of humanity in you any conscious, any value, turn yourself in," said Cy Fields, Leadership Network co-chair.

Activists and ministers are also calling on others who may know who did it to talk to police

"We can't continue to be afraid of ourselves and our people and harbor criminals. If you see something say something," said Karl Brenson, with the West Side NACCP.

The reward for Logan-Bledsoe started at $5,000 but has since increased after a community member added another $1,000. This comes as a memorial service for Logan-Bledsoe is planned for Saturday.

Surveillance video is aiding in the police investigation, and the West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force has been called in to assist as well. No one is currently in custody.
Police asked anyone with information on the murder to call (708) 386-3800. Anonymous tips can be sent by calling (708) 434-1636 or online at

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State Representative Proposes Emergency Response Devices for Pennsylvania Schools

State Representative Karen Boback (R-Dallas) on Friday proposed legislation to equip Pennsylvania K-12 public schools with emergency response devices. 

The representative modeled her bill on “Alyssa’s Law,” named after Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who was killed in the mass shooting that occurred on February 14, 2018. Alyssa’s Law, which Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Nebraska have already enacted, requires all elementary and secondary schools to install panic alarms which are connected to area law enforcement agencies. 

Boback’s proposal also would facilitate outfitting schools with gunshot detectors. Those machines, after sensing that a gun has been fired, would transmit an alert to an emergency call center so that first responders could deploy to the facility. 

“This legislation would give schools the option to implement two new methods to enhance school safety and security for students and staff throughout the Commonwealth,” Boback wrote in a memorandum describing her bill. “Too often, after a school shooting, people pose the question ‘why wasn’t this prevented?’ or ‘what more can we do?’ This bill is the first step toward preventing these horrific tragedies from ever occurring.”

Her memo observed that there have been at least 95 occurrences of firearms being shot at on school properties during this year alone. Those shootings have caused 76 injuries and 40 deaths. 

“The safety and protection of all public school students and staff across the Commonwealth is a paramount issue that must be addressed,” she wrote.

Panic buttons have come into increased use in the Keystone State in recent years. In 2007, Montgomery County began implementing a program to equip all public, private, parochial, and nursery schools with panic buttons. In 2013, months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut the prior December, Delaware County adopted a measure to install panic buttons in its schools. 

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Bradley Vasoli is managing editor of The Pennsylvania Daily Star. Follow Brad on Twitter at @BVasoli. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Karen Boback” by Karen Boback. Background Photo “Classroom” by Wokandapix.


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